DMV official rules against Tesla dealership

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A hearing officer at the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is recommending the state reject Telsa Motor’s request to open a second company-owned dealership in the state.

The electric-car company is seeking to open a store in the Richmond area, and already has one store in Northern Virginia.

State law generally requires car companies to sell cars through an independent dealership. Telsa was able to get an exemption for its first Virginia store in the northern part of the state.

Telsa’s bid for a second store has been opposed by the politically powerful Virginia Automobile Dealers Association.

The hearing officer’s recommendation goes to DMV Commissioner Richard Holcomb, who will decide whether to grant Tesla permission for a second store in the near future.

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